Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Ayinger Celebrator DoppelbockAyinger Celebrator Doppelbock
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Germany | website

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
2,388
Ratings:
6,345
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
16.4%
 
 
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520
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921
For Trade:
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Photo of Trentonator
4.84/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep chocolatey brown, almost black, wth a nice, creamy eggshell white head. Lacing is incredible. Smell is exquisite-lots of cherry, chocolate, toffee, coffee, and smoky richness. Taste is smooth, easy and surprisingly light for a doppelbock. I had this in a wide mouthed glass, I highly recommend this type of glass to fully appreciate the aroma and bouquet (can you say that about a beer?). Seriously, the smell of this beer is out of this world. Taste is top notch. I love this beer, and can't believe I haven't tried it before, I guess I was afraid of a dark German beer. Don't fear the doppelbock . . . .

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Photo of Afterburner
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark, rich chocolaty brown, with a thick, foamy, light beige head. Good head retention; slow to retire. Prominent lacework.

Smell: Malty, chocolaty nose, in the main. Hints of hop spiciness and raisins. Banana and apple esters also present.

Taste: Mild beginning, leading to strong malt presence mid-palate. Hints of coffee and caramel tease the tongue. Finish is reminiscent of chocolate bread, with a mild alcohol burn and some hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Thick-ish, but not as thick as a Baltic porter or Mackeson's stout. Large-bead carbonation aerates the palate.

Drinkability: Nice, drinkable beer. Could certainly pound a few of these back.

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Photo of JoeyHotrod
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Truly one of the world's great beers and worthy of any and all praise it recieves, Ayinger Celebrator Dopplebock is grand in it's scope and a true pleasure to savor.

I remember this beer at one time being number one on the best of BA list, I was mearly a lurker for the most part way back then and while the beer has dropped to 21st (still quite remarkable considering the amount of beers out there) it's a classic in every way.

It's a dark brown, nearly black color with a rather nice head that lingers for sometime. There is some nice impressive lacing as well, lacing that lasts the duration of the glass.

The smell is that of smoky malt, with definite coffee undertones as well. Simply delightful!

The beer tastes of malt...malt..malt. Smoky malt, chocolate malt.... simply malt. This is truly a divine beer for malt lovers. This beer is akin to drinking a very very well made coffee in a sense.

This beer is truly world class and mere words cannot do it justice. If you've yet to try it, then please do yourself a favor and do so ASAP.

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Photo of methtlcai
4.16/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is the best looking and feeling beer I have ever had. If it were the best tasting, I wouldn't bother buying anything else. Pours a dark opaque brown with a full three fingers of bubbly tan head that stays all over the glass. I actually didn't know much beer I had left in the glass because the lacing covered up where it was. Aroma is dark bready roasted malt with a hint of spicy alcohol. Taste has a hint of raisin, thick roasted maltiness and a nice supportive hop bitterness along with an alcoholic presence. The best part of this beer is the thick velvety mouthfeel which I have experienced nowhere else, even in stouts. Absolutely stunning.

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Photo of ClearDog
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance -- I like the design on the bottle. The plastic goat is also nice.

I poured the beer into a dimpled mug. Poured blackish brown. Very nice thick, foamy head. Cappuccino colored head. Very appealing.

Smell -- Very malty. It smells like bread and cookies. Can also distinguish a carmel scent. I do believe I can also pick up faint traces of hops.

Taste -- Sweet, bready, and malty. Reminds me of the taste of a bowl of cereal.

Mouthfeel -- Thick and heavy. Kind of chewy. Nice carbonation.

Drinkability -- I could drink a couple of these, but would probably end up feeling overly full. It is a nice easy fall drinking doppelbock. Very filling!

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Photo of icemonkey908
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance is a very dark, amber color. The doppelbock was poured into a glass. The initial 1-2 inch head died down very quickly. The aroma is very sweet and nutty, although not overpowering. The taste and mouth feel is where this beer really comes to life. It is very sweet when first hitting the tongue, but after lingering for a bit, the spiciness of this beer comes through. This is an excellent doppelbock. I will definitely have another.

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Photo of LennyV
3.77/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a mini growler from Halftime. Pours a dark mahogany into my La Fin Du Monde tulip. Little tan head wih no lacing.

Smells malty sweet.

Tastes as it smells malty and sweet with a smoky dry finish.

Feels wonderful in the mouth. Perfect mix of carbnonation and body.

I could drink this brew all night. It is sooo smooth.

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Photo of FloppyDog
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the Flying Saucer in Raleigh, NC.

This beer was poured into a stemmed beer glass. It had a deep brown color and minimal off white head.

Initially the aroma was solely of subdued malt, but as it warmed and was swirled in the glass, I picked up raisin/prune notes along with a pleasantly subdued alcohol aroma as well.

The taste began with slight burnt (but not astrigent) malt followed by some toffee and hints of sweetness that lingered for a few seconds. The beer was medium-bodied and very enjoyable.

Overall, very rich in malt character, and a good representation of a doppelbock.

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Photo of Illtryit
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

1.5 finger tan head tops off this dark brew. When held to bright light, I get ruby red colors. As I drink, a thin foam clings to my glass. A foam film stays with the brew throughout.

I get dried dark fruits in the nose.

Taste is really complex. Dark fruits, nutty flavors, alcohol, toast.

Very full bodied. Hearty. Nice feel.

Overall, a very good beer. Glad I tried it. I will get again and I would recommend this to fellow BAs.

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Photo of chimaylvr
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in Sam Adams "tulip' glass, no freshness date

App: dark chocolate hue, half finger foam which dissipates quickly but leaves saturn ring around glass throughout

Smell: Variety of roasted coffee beans, peat and earth, hickory beef, sweet spice

Taste: complex roasted malt profile, like a great IPA with hops but only malt, molasses first bourbon finish

Mouthfeel: not sticky for complex malts but buttery and smooth; not puckering but comforting like a fine dessert, a little chewy even

Overall: there's not much to knock here, rich like a Belgian without the spice, not too sweet like an overblown wee heavy; at a respectable 6.7 you can have one or two more because you're gonna want another, a real winner....enjoy!

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Photo of jamex
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle. Nice head above a darkened, almost troubled beverage.

Tastes/smells of molasses, the city streets after a rain, the inside of a high quality Halloween mask, plum, raisins and a gasoline pump (on a good day) all rolled into a toasty, malty beer.

Very drinkable and nicely complex.

Drank while listening to soundtrack to "Good, Bad and the Ugly."

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Photo of chiccabeer
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is one of the best double bock beers. It has a milky smooth feel with a great flavor. It does not have a hard hitting flavor, but it keeps in a decent malty flavor that stays with you after you finish it. The smell is not intense, but smells slightly sweet. This is a good beer to have any time, but is slightly heavier so I would suggest you have it after a meal.

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Photo of djbow
4.73/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark stout like brown with a deep ruby undertones. 2 finger head of thin off-white bubbles that dissipates fairly fast. Some lacing and minimal alcohol legs.

S - Caramel, toffee, toasted malt, dark tart fruit, bread, and mild alcohol. Subtle, yet complex nose that invites you to drink but does not punch you in the face.

T - Unlike the nose, the flavor of this beer is BIG. Caramel, toffee, toasted malt, dark tart fruit, bread, a bit of yeast (spice) and mild alcohol just lik the nose only amplified in the most pleasant manner. This beer is a very malt forward preparation, however, this inherent sweetness is counter balanced by a gently warming alcohol finish. Thus, balance is achieved.

M - Medium bodied, silky smoothly, easy to drink. This is part of the beer balance.

O - I am a Doppelbock fan and Celebrator is my favorite of this type. It is always consistant, available to me the best example of the style because it packs in big beer taste with just enough alcohol kick to make it fun. This is the point of a Doppelbock. PROST!

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Photo of etaggie09
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Brownish ruby with a slowly diminishing tan head. good retention.

Aroma: vinous, fruity, and a thickly malty aroma

Taste: Very malty with a little hop twang. Strong sweet malt with some caramel and bittersweet chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Nicely coating and clean. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: nice, clean, and very drinkable.

Notes: A very nice malty beer that I enjoyed a lot. A good example of the dopplebock style.

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Photo of ScottUCF84
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle into a pint.

A-Very, very dark brown with ruby hues. Khaki head. Some solid lacing going on.

S- Caramel malt and a bit of cocoa. Some dried fruit, too.

T- Sweet, slighty roasted malt, some fig, and molasses. Very nice. A slight warming from the alcohol.

M- Full body. Very, very creamy. Just a little carbonation. Goes down so smoothly.

D- This one is definitely on the filling side, but it is so good, it's hard to put down!

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Photo of GeneralZod
2.95/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

APPEARANCE
It looks like a bock, dark. Very inviiting. Ok head retention.

SMELL
Smells chocolately. Very good.

TASTE
It's ok. Good for a bock. Taste like chocolate and sweet.

MOUTHFEEL
silky and smooth

DRINKABILITY
Ok to have one now and then. Not so bad, but it is very filling.

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Photo of likestoswallow
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint bottle from Bevmo. Poured a dark brown that only a trace of light will shine thru. Head was tan and faded to about 1/4 inch and held. Aroma is strong with coffee, chocolate, anise and burnt toast. Flavor mirrored the aroma. Mouthfeel was smooth and creamy with light by effective carbonation. Hops were well integrated and hardly noticeable. Finish is long and smooth with some additional burnt cedar wood. Overall this is one great beer, my only complaint is that the bottle is too small, this should be served in a bomber.

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Photo of SeasonalBrew
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep, dark brown with a nice one finger tan head. The head has good retention and forms decent lacing.

S: Very warm, toasty malts. Sweet molasses and caramel as well as dark fruit are very prevalent.

T: Not as much of a forward and strong taste as I was expecting. The smokiness and malts hit you first, followed by a very nice caramel sweetness. The dark fruits, cherries and figs I think, really hit you as you swallow. Even though the taste wasn't as strong as I expected from the nose, it is very well balanced and tasty.

M: Well carbonated and very smooth. Slightly thicker body, almost chewy in feel. Very enjoyable.

D: Excellent. I really enjoyed this beer and could definitely have a few with hesitating.

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Photo of MickeyD
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a clean pint glass.

Appearance: poured dark and thick with a two plus finger width of head however it dissipates fairly quickly, very dark red, black mostly in the glass when held to the light. No lacing to speak of.

Smell: good balance of hops and malt smells, towards the middle a more floral spice is noted.

Taste: Dark roasted notes with heavy and rich nutty malt taste. Hops are very subdued.

Mouth feel: somewhat thin compared to the look at the poor. Dark roasted caramel almost burnt.

Overall: I must say this is a great beer. The “double” makes it stout like while still retaining the caramel malt taste. I like to have this beer with a big filet and pan sauce.

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Photo of Buildscharacter
3/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I was actually dissapointed in this brew. I figured that I would be a shoe in for someone that would enjoy a good doppelbock, but nope.. wasn't for me.

I really liked the way it looked int he glass with it's tall head and dark color. There's even a nice red hue when you hold it up to the light. Then I smelled it. It smells bitterish kind of like a beligum beer, but not really. I'm terrible at explaining scents, it just smelled off. Maybe I got a bad bottle?

Anyway, so I tasted the little thing :)

Little sour, little bitter. Malty, taste of oats and earth. Spicy aftertaste, warming.

I wasn't a fan, but I'm the vast majority, so who knows. Give it a shot.
I'll have to try another bottle in hopes that it'll be a little better.

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Photo of BeardedSquash
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep, dark burgundy. Dense head that coats the glass as it takes its time receding.

S: Rich fruity esters. Grassy notes come out with some warmth.

T: Round falvors. Dark fruits paired with bittersweet chocolate. Nice use of bittering hops. The estery smell pairs nicely with a subdued butterscotch tastes. Slight sourness in the aftertaste.

M: Perfect for this beer. Full bodied and coating, but not flat. A tough balance to pull off.

D: I can't imagine an occasion that wouldn't benefit from this beer. Even breakfast.

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Photo of Optimat0r
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

appearance - comes in a neat little brown 12oz-i mean 11.2-oz- bottle. one of my favorite bottles, im not sure why, maybe its the artwork and the little goat, or maybe its because i know whats inside.
pours thick and really dark, classic dopplebock.

taste - extremely good. i find its noticeably better sipped out of a glass than from the bottle. my first try i was a bit diasappointed, but it has grown better and better with each bottle. extremely rich, complex, malty, flavorful, straightforward dopplebock with no hoppiness or fruityness, just pure malty goodness. slight presence of coffee and indeed a nutty presence as well. perfectly balanced. this is my kind of beer.

drinkability - i didnt want my last bottle to stop. i wanted to savor every last drop of it. im giving it a 5 for drinkability also, its hard to put the thing down, you could chug the whole damn bottle so easily, or just as easily sip it away. this is the best that beer gets(for me anyway). 5's across the board.

UPDATE 8-09: have recently delved into dark beers again. tried the korbinian, a rival of celebrator. NO DOPPLEBOCK IS CLOSE TO THIS BEER. CELEBRATOR WINS

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Photo of milkbaby9
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into Samuel Adams sensory glass. 3 finger creamy light brown head which reduces down to a light cap after a few minutes. Dark brown almost opaque color, though I note I can still see my fingers on the other side of the glass.

Aroma of caramel, toffee, and soy sauce which is weird and a tad bit off-putting. Tastes of roastiness, a bit sour and salty, resiny hops, all of which ride over a nice sweet maltiness underneath of fresh soft pretzel and plum. Interesting roastyness leads to light bitterness then fresh maltiness. Feels excellently balanced. Moderately long lightly bittersweet finish is nice.

Moderate carbonation feels crisp on the tongue with the initial roastiness. Medium light bodied mouthfeel. Drinkability is okay: tastes good and seems well balanced between the bitter roastiness and sweetish malt.

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Photo of Blackwolf
3.92/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to pint glass.

A- Dark caramel toned. a bit less than a fingers head, little to no retention. no lacing either.

S- Roasted malts, yeast, dark fruits, dark bitter chocolate.

T- Palate follows the nose a bit. Yeasty/Spiced bread, roasted malt and some toffee/dark bitter chocolate. some dark fruit undertones. Sweet and malty!

MF- Medium- medium/heavy body, smooth with a great medium carbonation. Finishes great with a dry warmth that sticks to your mouth. Feels like a belgian!

O- Not bad at all. I seen this beer a hundred times, never got around to it until now unfortunately. It is a great beer, but a bit too hyped up for my taste. The price was incredibly reasonable, so I jumped on it, and felt like trying something "out of the norm." Worth a try, but not to go out of your way for.

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Photo of HardcoreKeith
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Medium brown, lighter around the edges of the glass. Tan head consisting of many tiny bubbles tightly packed together.

S: Malt, brown sugar, biscuit.

T: Now, this is what I was expecting of a doppelbock. Sweet malty at first, then fades to dry hop aftertaste. Perfectly balanced and delicious.

M: Great.

D: Byebye Celebrator.

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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 2,388 ratings.
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